Camo wing tips, $325
I was born in Italy but moved here when I was 7, and have been a serious sneakerhead ever since. Aside from amassing over 200 pairs, I just love what the culture stands for. That is, expressing yourself and your individuality through certain colors or patterns. At the same time, it's walking down the street and not wearing the same shoe or outfit that every other person is. Sneakers became exclusive and special because they focused on the details which ultimately what resonates most. I took that same notion and applied it to the classic shoe world because I felt like classic silhouettes needed some of the sneaker culture's edge behind it.
Well, it's one thing executing an utopian idea, and another thing facing the reality of that process. My initial intent was creating a much more accessible velvet slipper, and while that hasn't deviated, it was hard juggling that with quality that we were comfortable with. Handmade in Italy, our shoes are built to last and are priced very reasonably. It is difficult to find any Made in Italy shoes priced under $400, so we are proud of our product and what it stands for. I think spending that extra buck on quality and substance is always justifiable.
I'm really pumped because it's our first stab at a retail store. I teamed up with a childhood friend from Palm Beach who started a women's line called Rae Francis. She and I have curated a collection of local designers and I'll be showcasing all my new products and will have over 6 men's styles available, our first women's collection, as well as offer several exclusive collaborations that we are debuting for the holiday season.
The Del Toro x Rae Francis Wanderers Pop-Up Shop opens November 1